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With the goal of reducing energy costs and minimizing environmental impact, architects and designers are getting serious about green design. Visit Green Lodging News for the latest news and best practices. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Green Design

Home Green Design
With the goal of reducing energy costs and minimizing environmental impact, architects and designers are getting serious about green design. Visit Green Lodging News for the latest news and best practices. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Milliken Specialty Interiors Joins Sustainable Furnishings Council

SPARTANBURG, S.C.—Leading global innovation company with textile, specialty chemical and floor covering manufacturing expertise, Milliken & Company’s Specialty Interiors business, has extended its sustainability leadership by recently joining the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) and being honored by Unifi as a REPREVE Champion of Sustainability. Milliken Specialty Interiors has joined the Sustainable Furnishings Council as a qualifying member, pending successful application for higher-level recognition. The Sustainable Furnishings Council shares Milliken’s commitment to taking immediate steps to minimize carbon emissions, reduce other pollutants and remove unsustainable materials and chemical inputs from furnishings product platforms. The organization exists to raise awareness and expand the...

LEDtronics Adds All-Weather Filament-look LED String Lights

TORRANCE, CALIF.—LEDtronics announces its new All-Weather, UL-Listed Filament-look LED String Lights that answer the demands for brilliant, mood-setting lighting with all the benefits of energy-efficient LED technology. These versatile LED string lights are ideal for applications such as special outdoor occasions, garden or backyard parties, or providing a decorative flair to outdoor restaurant porches, shopping plazas, hotel pool areas, decks, driveways and patios, as well as for sign perimeter lighting. The 48-foot, IP65-rated waterproof black string cord holds 24 1.5-watt S14 LED lamps with a bulb separation of 2 feet. It features industrial-grade outer neoprene rubber sockets that endure years of...

Living Architecture Performance Tool Propelled into Pilot Project Phase

CHICAGO—After five years of intensive development, the Green Infrastructure Foundation announces the release of the Living Architecture Performance Tool (LAPT) v.1. The LAPT is a rating system and best-practice guide with a goal of certifying that green roofs and walls are planned to achieve certain measurable and replicable performance benefits. Providing performance benchmarks will increase the efficacy of living infrastructure and bolster industrywide credibility. Designers, building owners, and maintenance professionals can use the LAPT to optimize the range of benefits possible from their projects, while policy makers can also use the tool to maximize public benefits and create effective...

Illinois Location Gets Eco-Friendly Makeover with Element Hotel

MOLINE, ILL.—Element Hotels, part of Marriott International, and Ctwo Hotels, announced the opening of Element Moline, marking the debut of the eco-conscious, extended-stay brand in Illinois. With the support and inspiration of the Moline Historic Society, Element Moline offers guests eco-friendly and wellness-focused amenities within the historical surroundings of one of Moline’s oldest buildings. Part of the hotel is housed in the O’Rourke Building, a warehouse that was originally built in 1916. “We are thrilled to be bringing Element Hotels to Illinois for the first time with the opening of this landmark property,” said Marlon Whyte, Senior Global Brand Director...

Plans Announced for New Montage Healdsburg

ORANGE COUNTY, CALIF.—Montage Hotels & Resorts announced plans to manage and operate the new Montage Healdsburg. Owned by Ohana Real Estate Investors and developed by The Robert Green Company, the 130-room Montage Healdsburg will begin construction in spring 2018 and will open in the heart of California’s wine country in Sonoma County in spring 2020. A collection of Montage Residences is planned for a future phase of development and will include single-family built homes as well as custom home sites. Montage Healdsburg will be settled among the oak trees and vine covered hills just a short distance from historic and...

Reid Witlin LTD Launches Muse Collection

NORTHRIDGE, CALIF.—In what is being hailed as Reid Witlin’s largest collection to date, The Muse Collection contains 19 patterns totaling 230 sku’s. The Muse Collection consists of patterns and colors that are specifically designed for guestrooms as well as public spaces, casinos and any space where design and function collide. Patterns range from sheers and vinyls to Crypton and Bella Dura Indoor-Outdoor upholstery fabrics. Design Director, Cat Stevens stated, “We’ve tried to invoke the style and beauty that hotel design requires while maintaining all relevant technical specifications that hotel design demands. We feel we have succeeded across all fronts.” The...

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Expansion Receives LEED Certification

SAN ANTONIO—The Henry B. González Convention Center (HBGCC) has received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The HBGCC achieved LEED Silver certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: innovative design, sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. “From the beginning of this project, our goal has been to ensure that the transformation of the Henry B. González Convention Center was more than just adding square footage,” said Michael Sawaya, Executive Director of Convention and Sports...

Cali Bamboo Launches Seven New Bamboo Floors

SAN DIEGO—Cali Bamboo, the direct-to-consumer and omni-channel leader in both flooring and decking, has launched seven new bamboo floors, including two made for herringbone style installations. All new floors feature a solid Fossilized bamboo construction—Cali’s proprietary manufacturing technique yielding the world’s hardest floors with Janka hardness scores of up to 5000+. The two new Herringbone styles—Riverwood and Outer Banks—both bear a smooth wood grain, with Riverwood wrapped in a subtle storm cloud gray and Outer Banks glowing from a calming palm brown. Outer Banks also comes in a traditional 6’ length plank with tongue-and-groove milling. The four additional new colors—Bourbon...

Indiana Furniture Names Paula Schmidt Director of Marketing

JASPER, IND.—Indiana Furniture welcomes Paula Schmidt as the new Director of Marketing. With over 20 years of experience in creative marketing, voice of the customer, promotion, and more, Schmidt has developed and implemented strategic marketing plans and corporate identity for a variety of industries and organizations. In this newly created position, Schmidt’s focus will be to assist in marketing and sales strategies, oversee communications, build easy-to-use specification tools, and provide industry outreach through various mediums including brochures, websites, social media campaigns, showrooms, industry conferences and events, and ongoing promotion. “Paula’s background in customer experience, branding, and communications provides Indiana Furniture with...

Country Inn & Suites Opens Green Hotel Following Renovation

MINNEAPOLIS—Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, a leading upper midscale hotel brand, announced the opening of Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Bakersfield, Calif., located at 2310 Wible Road. The hotel recently completed a $2 million renovation which includes upgrades throughout the hotel, along with the installation of new technology to reduce the hotel’s carbon footprint. These additions include solar panels, LED lights, a temperature control system to reduce energy consumption and charging stations for hybrid cars. “We are proud to see this refreshed and environmentally friendly hotel be the first to open under our brand’s new name, Country Inn...